Prior to 1862, when the Department of Agriculture was established, the report on agriculture was prepared and published by the Commissioner of Patents, and forms a volume or part of a volume, of his annual report, the first being that of 1840. Cf. Checklist of public documents ... Washington, 1895, p. 148
General index of the agricultural reports of the Patent Office, for twenty-five years, from 1837 to 1861 : and of the Department of Agriculture, for fifteen years, from 1862 to 1876 / U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1 v.; Index to the annual reports of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1837 to 1893, inclusive / U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1 v
The text is very close to the gutter throughout this book.